Attention Deficit Disorder

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Hyperactivity in Childhood



Most children are normally active. Physical and psychological activity are necessary for the development of healthy individuals. However, a hyperactive child impedes his or her own development by not concentrating on school work, play or discipline. Hyperactivity in children may be difficult to diagnose and often requires the keen eye of a trained observer. However, parents may notice marked differences between different children in the same family and comment on their activity. Teachers are often the first to notice hyperactive pupils and bring this to the attention of parents.

Most hyperactive children will pass through childhood into a balanced adult life with their parentís patient help and guidance. Often they will be the achievers, those who need little sleep and can work a long day because of boundless energy.

The causes of hyperactivity are not well understood. Hyperactivity is often exaggerated by a change of house, a new school, parental discord or severe illness. Such situations can worsen a hyperactive condition because of changed routine and loss of familiar surroundings. Hyperactivity can usually be controlled with extra attention and a caring environment. Up to 30% of children in a classroom could be considered overly active or hyperactive at times and may need firm supervision.

Severe hyperactivity may be diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and may require consultation with specialist practitioners experienced in the field of childhood behaviour. Some hyperactive children, however, can only be controlled with medication.

If you are concerned that your child may be hyperactive talk to your local doctor or to the class teacher and get some more advice.

- Aspirin and Young Children (Reyes Syndrome).- Autism.
- Bed Wetting or Nocturnal Enuresis. - Breast or Bottle Feeding.
- Chicken Pox (Varicella). - Childhood Immunization/Vaccination
- Convulsions in Childhood. - Croup.
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF). - Deafness in Childhood.
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting. - Downs Syndrome.
- Dyslexia. - Fever in Infants.
- German Measles (Rubella). -Heart Murmurs
-Heat Exhaustion in Children.-Hyperactivity in Childhood.
-Impetigo.-Measles.
-Meningitis.-Mumps.
-Nappy Rash.-Normal Development (Baby Care).
-Speech Development in Children-Spina Bifida.
-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Cot Death.-Teething.
-Your Baby Won't Sleep.-Whooping Cough (Pertussis)


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